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Court rules casino lawsuits can be heard in state courts
OKLAHOMA CITY – In a ruling that a Choctaw Nation attorney called a
blow to tribal sovereignty, a split Oklahoma Supreme Court has held in
two cases that lawsuits against Choctaw casinos can be brought in state
courts as well as tribal courts. More case
Dye and Pat Dye v. Choctaw Casino of Pocola, Oklahoma and The Choctaw
Nation of Oklahoma
Sovereignty: Convoluted Policies Creats Confusion
During the mid-1800s, the United States government relocated certain
tribes in an effort to reduce conflicts with the large numbers of
immigrants moving westward. This dark period of relations with Indian
tribes gave way to the assimilation and allotment periods.
pursuits stop at Red Lake Reservation border
MINNESOTA - That Beltrami County deputies lack jurisdiction on the Red
Lake Reservation concerns county commissioners when the tribe opens its
new casino. Commissioners on Tuesday night approved upgrades to the
Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department Policy Manual that includes
procedures involving the Red Lake Reservation.
says contests at NY casino were fixed
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The woman in charge of promotions at the casino at
Yonkers Raceway was indicted Tuesday on charges she arranged for
friends and relatives to win contests.
gambling could see better luck
A federal law passed in 2006 was supposed to put online gambling halls
out of business, but one gaming group is challenging the law in court.
TV and London Offer Gambling Fix
MOSCOW - A week after gambling was banned in Moscow, viewership for
televised poker shows is climbing, a London casino is offering to send
private jets for big-spending gamblers and gambling addicts are calling
a hotline to complain that they can still find places to bet.
raise issues on probe of Moulin Rouge ﬁre
For city residents, the four-alarm fire at the Moulin Rouge in May was
a civic misfortune, the second major blaze to devastate the site since
the iconic downtown hotel opened in 1955. For Las Vegas arson
investigators, who have confirmed that the fire was set by human hands
though not necessarily intentionally, the blaze presents a host of
facts to explore.
Buyer's Remorse Hits Vegas Project -- City Center Development Resists
Requests to Renegotiate Prices of Condos Sold in Boom
One of the costliest and highest-profile condominium developments in
the country -- the $8.4 billion City Center project in Las Vegas -- is
facing a revolt from some early buyers.
casino buyouts’ role in misfortune -- Taking companies private
ballooned debt, led to layoffs, but the moves have defenders
Private equity firms made offers to acquire Harrah’s Entertainment and
Station Casinos in 2006 and early 2007, when capital was cheap and
business was booming.
Woman sues Vegas company over ATM fees
A Las Vegas company that provides credit and ATM services to casinos
around the country has been sued by a Pennsylvania woman over ATM
machine fee disclosure requirements.
Testimony heard in Wynn case -- Commissioner will hear from dealers who
want tip-sharing policy stopped ...
Wynn Las Vegas dealer Daniel Baldonado has been waiting for this day
for nearly three years. After a journey through the Nevada court system
that ended last year, Baldonado's claim against the hotel-casino for a
new tip pooling policy he believes breaks state law is before the state
Casino dealers bring tip-sharing case to federal court
Even as Nevada's labor commissioner heard testimony this week in the
long-running dispute over tip sharing at Wynn Las Vegas, attorneys for
casino dealers pressed the issue in a different forum: federal court.
expansion shows "confidence in the market"
BILOXI - The Palace Casino is about to undergo what's been called the
largest casino expansion since Katrina. When the work is done in
2011, Palace executives expect their resort to once look and feel like
it did before the hurricane.
lays off 55 workers in new Reno cuts
RENO - International Game Technology, the world's largest slot machine
producer, will lay off 55 more workers at its Reno headquarters this
week as it continues to adjust during the recession, a company
spokesman said Thursday.
Tropicana sale has lawmakers seeking tighter oversight laws in N.J.
ATLANTIC CITY - Citing alleged conflicts of interest in the sale of
Tropicana Casino and Resort, two New Jersey lawmakers are drafting
legislation to prevent state-appointed conservators from hiring their
own firms or family members.
should N.J. casinos, horse betting industries do to survive? ...
New Jersey's horse racing and casino gambling industries still have a
long way to go in developing a collaborative strategy to meet the
competitive challenges emerging in neighboring states.
... N.J. Gov. says sports betting needed for casinos' future ...
It took New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine more than eight years to finally
realize that sports betting could play an important role in the success
of a casino. So now he has filed a lawsuit looking to overturn a
federal ban on sports betting in New Jersey and 45 other states.
Panel continues working toward table games
DOVER - State officials must ensure Delaware's casino industry a
reasonable profit in order for proposed table game gambling to be
worthwhile, a casino executive said.
skips another interest payment
The owner of the Riviera hotel-casino in Las Vegas said today it missed
another interest payment on its debt -- but continues to talk with its
lender as it looks for a way out of its financial predicament.
fires back, outlines bank dispute
Attorneys for the Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort leveled new
allegations Wednesday against banks that terminated funding for the
$2.9 billion hotel-casino, which now sits unfinished and in limbo while
a bankruptcy court decides its fate.
faces longer, deeper recession
Compared to most other states, Nevada faces a longer and deeper
recession, which could linger for another two years, according to
several leading financial experts.
of poker players turned away from main event
LAS VEGAS - A gold bracelet wasn't necessary to read the faces of
hundreds of poker players turned away from registering for the World
Series of Poker main event Monday.
The Bear Growls: Bear Praise for Oklahoma
Supreme Court's ruling on tribal sovereignty
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
In the news article, Court
rules casino lawsuits can be heard in state courts,
Choctaw counsel Bob Rabon is quoted: “I’ve been representing
Indian tribes for 40 years, and this is probably the single most
difficult blow for tribal sovereignty that I have ever seen in my
career." This is great to know. Perhaps it is a step
towards dismantling the "tribal sovereignty" system that has been such
Tribes operate big casinos that plunder their surrounding communities,
generating most of their money from non-tribal members. Patron
disputes and allegations of wrongdoing are ignored by the
casino-controlled "tribal gaming commissions." Victims of casino
wrongdoing are expected to file complaints in the local tribal kangaroo
court system. Local non-tribal law enforcement agencies, though
they often have jurisdiction over felonies committed on tribal land,
are reluctant to arrest casino employees who commit violent crimes
against patrons, often citing the stupidity of ”tribal sovereignty" as
a reason for their refusal to do their duty. "Tribal sovereignty"
has been a dismal failure and should be ended. This court case
may be the beginning of the end of “tribal sovereignty.” I hope
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